This was an amazing performance considering that the lack of oxygen in the “death zone” (the part of the mountain that exceeds 7,900 meters of altitude) can even make wild riders crazy, and some have already removed all their clothes in the icy wind or have walked ‘to fall into the void,’ as USA Today reported in a 2006 article. Colibasanu, from the Romanian western city of Timisoara wants to climb all the 14 peaks in excess of 8,000 m.
This was his 19th international expedition. Horia Colibasanu is the best performing climber in Romania’s history, having so far successfully climbed 7 out of the world’s 14 peaks in excess of 8,000 m. His most notable ascensions included Annapurna, K2 and Dhaulagiri, three of the world’s top five deadliest mountains. He is also Romania’s only alpinist to have been presented with the “Spirit of Mountaineering” distinction by British Alpine Club.